We all know that the key to a strong look is a classic short-sleeved shirt. These pieces offer plenty of opportunity for layering, and have a shelf life beyond the warmer season while offering a statement appeal more than a T-shirt. We look at the best brands to pick up a statement shirt from, and ways to extract all its style for the season:
With Y2K back in action, watercolour dyes are back. The term speaks for itself —the iconic dye is similar to tie-dye, yet stands out on its own. Cut in a summery Hawaiian shape, this Louis Vuitton piece spotlights its signature monogram, but with a twist. Yes, the watercolour effect is in, which is highly inspired by paintbrush strokes. This shirt is typically something that you can wear with your lazy dark blue denim, or even oversized white Bermuda pants, paired with some intricate accessories such as, beaded bracelets and good old wayfarers.
Where it can be worn: Beach clubs and shacks.
Marking 100 years of the iconic Italian fashion house, Gucci has introduced this bowling shirt that features colourful and geometric motifs, recalling the uniforms worn by horse riding jockeys. Who said bowling shirts have to be plain and single-toned? They can be fun too, and Gucci has proved it by adding calmer shades that are more expressive of the season. These shirts pair well with chinos or a crisp white denim.
Where it can be worn: Brunches.
Bored of Cuban-collared or floral-printed shirts? Try a breezy safari shirt instead. This unisex safari shirt with a handcrafted box packet of original art by Huemn brings in a sense of nostalgia. The embroidery technique is a signature of the brand’s handcraft inspired by an age-old practice where embroidery artists recreate a collection of photographs on a frame with hundreds of minute handmade single stitches, made over many days of work. A modern design that can be worn with anything, as the shirt is a statement in itself.
Where it can be worn: Evening strolls.
No one brings the beach aesthetic like Simon Jacquemus. This season, dive into the world of graphic printed shirts like never before. From neon-pink daisy printed shirts to black and white graphics to good old checkered print and oceanic blue shirts, these options are enough to get you ready. Pair it with your favourite shorts and khakis along with some sliders, and you’re ready to face the heat.
Where it can be worn: On a dreamy vacation in a tropical region.
This one is for streetwear enthusiasts. A combination inspired by a track jacket infused with elements of a shirt — call it track top. The track top comes with Onitsuka Tiger’s signature seasonal graphical print, bringing in the Japanese streetwear aesthetic to the entire look. A night-time piece that is perfect for those outdoorsy evenings and even night outs.
Where it can be worn: Night clubs.
This casual checkered work shirt is the latest from Uniqlo’s collaboration with JW Anderson. It combines traditional details with a signature JWA design. A functional design that comes with a British aesthetic — an oversized cut that infuses vintage details and sewing techniques with a modern design. A perfect piece to wear on its own as well as a perfect layering add-on. If you wish to stand out, go monochrome with this look by adding the same shade of shorts along with a bucket hat to bring out the essence of the season.
Where it can be worn: Casual Fridays at work.
A breezy shirt list wouldn’t be complete without the classic Hawaiian shirt. Superdry is offering a collection of Hawaiian Box Fit shirts that come with various tropical prints. In case you’re looking for something that has an at-the- beach-all-day vibe, this shirt should be on your must-have list.
Where it can be worn: Movie date.